It is an indecent act to have sex in a car in a public place within Lagos State, Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal warned on Wednesday.
Edgal’s warning followed the statement of the officer-in-charge, Police Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU) Abayomi Shogunle on a viral social media.
Answering a question by a twitter user on whether sex in a car was a crime, Shogunle wrote: “
Sex in a car in a public place is not a crime in Nigeria provided location is not a place of worship, parties are 18 years and above, the act is consensual and parties are of opposite sex. If threatened with arrest over above, please contact @POLICENG_PCRRU.”
But In a statement by the spokesman for the command Chike Oti, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), the police said anyone found guilty of such an act was liable to two or three years in prison.
He said: “
The Commissioner of Police Lagos State has been advised by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Ministry of Justice and the Legal Department of the Command with relevant sections of the law as follows
“Section 134(a) Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, prohibits any indecent act in any public place without lawful excuse. The law holds that such person is liable on conviction to two years imprisonment.
“Section 136 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, provides that any person who commits any act of gross indecency with another person in public commits an offence and liable on conviction to three years imprisonment.
“It must be noted that section 134 which deals with offences against morality particularly section 134(a) has it that indecent act in a public place makes both parties engaging in the act liable to imprisonment for two years.
“Going forward, the authorities of the Lagos State Police Command hereby declares that the assertion that sex in a car in a public place is not a crime in Nigeria is misplaced as the provisions of the Criminal Law of Lagos State prohibits such acts in public even if it is done with consent of the other party
“To this end, the Commissioner of Police Imohimi Edgal wants Lagosians to be guided by relevant sections of the law against such acts.”